Sunday, December 09, 2012

June 2012 Transit of Venus

The planet Venus moved in front of the sun in June and safe viewings were available on campus so we took all of the kids up to see it. In May there had been a solar eclipse that we had tried to make our own viewer for, but it didn't work very well due to the eclipse being at sunset here. So finding out they had telescopes on campus to help see this one was nice.
There were also some awesome goggles available for looking at it.
It was a small black dot moving along the side of the Sun. Not super exciting like when the sun had looked like a crescent in May. However it won't happen again until 2117 so it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Sweet Baby with his Daddy.

Tried to line the kids up for a picture. in front of the fountain. Baby wasn't interested.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

June 2012 Viking History

We worked on history projects in June about the Vikings, a favorite topic of Dinoguy. He loves Viking myths and history. Here you can see the Viking ship, longhouse and Viking bread.
Here you can see how good Sarge is with kids, as he lets Baby straddle him. I don't allow the kids to be mean to Sarge, but babies inevitably try out climbing on the dog. He tolerates it when they are little until I've successfully taught them it's not nice. It's now six months later and Baby tries to feed treats to Sarge instead of sitting on him, so we're making progress.

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